The pristine beaches, native bush and relaxed vibe makes The Coromandel one of the top ‘Must Do’ destinations in New Zealand. You can choose to explore the Coromandel and partake in some of the many great activies on offer or sit back and relax, soaking in the beauty of your surrounds.
To get to the stunning Coromandel Peninsula there are a few different routes. If you are coming from Auckland there is even a ferry option over to Coromandel Town. Flying is the quickest way to get to Whitianga, and the beautiful birds eye views are ones you don’t want to miss. Driving takes about 2 and a half hours from Auckland, Tauranga and Hamilton. The roads are windy however the scenery is spectacular and there are many beaches and towns to stop in along the way.
Cathedral Cove and the marine reserve is a main highlight and the best way to experience this is on The Glass Bottom Boat. The perspective you get from the water looking back at the volcanic coastline is beautiful. If you can, the walk is also worth it.
Other things to do are:
- Hot Water Beach
- New Chums Beach
- Shakesphere’s Cliff Viewing
- Bush walks such as the Karui Grove
- The Coromandel coastal walkway
- Explore the pinnicles
For a more detailed list of things to do visit The Coromadel website.
Things to do in Whitianga and the Mercury Bay
The hub of the Coromandel is Mercury Bay. Whitianga is the main village, with plenty on offer. Walk the beachfront path into the main street to get your boat tour or find your spot on the beach for the day. Along with awesome retail shops and spas, there are great beach cafes with amazing coffee and cakes, restaurants with delicious wood fired pizzas and incredible seafood. Here you will find it all.
Other villages to visit while in Mercury Bay are:
- Hot Water Beach
- Cooks Beach
- Coromandel Town
Little bit of history
The Mercury Bay has a rich and colourful history that is just waiting to be explored, from early colonial days to one of the oldest marine reserves in New Zealand, it’s not to be missed. Take a look below at some of our local historic spots.
Cooks Beach – Where Captain Cook officially discovered New Zealand
Hahei – Maori Pa site at the south end of the beach
Buffalo Beach – The site of a shipwreck from the 1800’s
Visit the Mercury Bay Museum if you want to find out more. The perfect rainy day activity!